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Anton de Groot, Erich Schmidt
Some aspects of peppermint oil, lavender oil, and lemongrass oil are discussed including their botanical origin, uses of the plants and the oils, chemical composition, contact allergy to and allergic contact dermatitis from these essential oils, and causative allergenic ingredients.
October 21, 2016: Dermatitis
E Jane Kelly, David J Wilson
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen that has been associated with mastitis in dairy animals, including goats. Often, the environmental sources of the bacteria are water-related (such as hoses and muddy pastures). Mastitis attributable to P. aeruginosa was identified in 2 goats in a small herd. Efforts were made to identify environmental sources of the pathogen. Multiple samples from the goats' environment were cultured, including water from the trough, bedding, the hose used to wash udders, and the teat dip and teat dip containers...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Diego Currò, Gianluca Ianiro, Silvia Pecere, Stefano Bibbò, Giovanni Cammarota
Functional bowel disorders (FBDs), mainly irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional constipation (FC, also called chronic idiopathic constipation), are highly diffused worldwide. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, although less common, has a strong impact on patients' quality of life, as well as is highly expensive for our healthcare. A definite cure for those disorders is still yet to come. Over the years, several therapeutic approaches complementary or alternative to traditional pharmacological treatments, including probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, fiber and herbal medicinal products, have been investigated for the management of both groups of diseases...
October 3, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Magali Picard, Gilles de Revel, Stéphanie Marchand
The p-menthane lactones constitute a family of powerful odorants, including the isomers of mintlactone and menthofurolactone that occur naturally in peppermint oil, known for their potent, mint-like olfactory properties. These lactones are closely related to the monoterpene-limonene secondary biotransformation and menthofuran has been identified as their common precursor in Mentha species. Using targeted GC-olfactometry and GC-MS analyses, together with quantification methods, we were able to demonstrate, for the first time, the presence of the diastereoisomers of these p-menthane lactones, as well as their common precursor, menthofuran, in red wines...
February 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Seyedeh Zahra Masoumi, Horieh Rezvani Asl, Jalal Poorolajal, Mohammad Hosseini Panah, Seyedeh Reyhaneh Oliaei
BACKGROUND: Menthol is the most important active material in mint and different mechanisms have been suggested for the way mint functions, most of which emphasize its analgesic effect owing to the presence of a group of temporary protein receptors. This study investigates the efficacy of peppermint capsule in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea, in comparison with Mefenamic Acid and placebo. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective, double-blinded, crossover study and was conducted on 127 girl students studying in Hamadan University of Medical Sciences who had experienced primary dysmenorrhea...
July 2016: Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research
Grit Schulzki, Birgit Nüßlein, Hartwig Sievers
Teas and raw materials used as ingredients of herbal and fruit infusions (HFI) were analysed by means of ICP-MS for their content of aluminium, arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead and mercury in the dry product and in the infusion. Samples of tea (Camellia sinensis L. Kuntze) were selected to include different origins, types (black, green), leaf grades (whole leaf, broken, fannings, dust) and manufacturing techniques (orthodox, "crush, tear, curl"). The selected HFI raw materials (chamomile, elderberries, fennel, hibiscus, mate, peppermint, rooibos and rose hip) cover the most important matrices (flower, fruit, seed, herb, leaf) and reflect the economic significance of these HFI materials in trade...
January 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
G Biddeci, G Cavallaro, F Di Blasi, G Lazzara, M Massaro, S Milioto, F Parisi, S Riela, G Spinelli
The purpose of this paper is to show how a functional bionanocomposite film with both antioxidant and antimicrobial activities was successfully prepared by the filling of a pectin matrix with modified Halloysite nanotubes (HNT) containing the essential peppermint oil (PO). Firstly, HNT surfaces were functionalized with cucurbit[6]uril (CB[6]) molecules with the aim to enhance the affinity of the nanofiller towards PO, which was estimated by means of HPLC experiments. The HNT/CB[6] hybrid was characterized by several methods (thermogravimetry, FT-IR spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy) highlighting the influence of the supramolecular interactions on the composition, thermal behavior and morphology of the filler...
November 5, 2016: Carbohydrate Polymers
Ezgi Mutluay Yayla, Nur Izgu, Leyla Ozdemir, Sinem Aslan Erdem, Murat Kartal
OBJECTIVE: This pilot study aimed to investigate the preventive effect of sage tea-thyme-peppermint hydrosol oral rinse used in conjunction with basic oral care on chemotherapy-induced oral mucositis. DESIGN: An open-label randomized controlled study. SETTING: Two oncology hospitals in Ankara, Turkey. INTERVENTIONS: Patients receiving 5-fluorouracil-based chemotherapy regimens were divided into the intervention group (N=30) and control group (N=30)...
August 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Maricel V Santoro, Pablo C Bogino, Natalia Nocelli, Lorena Del Rosario Cappellari, Walter F Giordano, Erika Banchio
Many species or strains of the genus Pseudomonas have been characterized as plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR). We used a combination of phenotypic and genotypic techniques to analyze the community of fluorescent Pseudomonas strains in the rhizosphere of commercially grown Mentha piperita (peppermint). Biochemical techniques, Amplified rDNA Restriction Analysis (ARDRA), and 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis revealed that the majority of the isolated native fluorescent strains were P. putida. Use of two Repetitive Sequence-based PCR (rep-PCR) techniques, BOX-PCR and ERIC-PCR, allowed us to evaluate diversity among the native strains and to more effectively distinguish among them...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Mihaela Buleandra, Eliza Oprea, Dana Elena Popa, Iulia Gabriela David, Zenovia Moldovan, Iuliana Mihai, Irinel Adriana Badea
The hydrodistilled essential oils and volatile compounds (by static headspaces technique) of Mentha piperita L. and M spicata L. were characterized by GC-MS. Headspace analysis of Mentha piperita revealed the existence of menthone (25.4%), 1,8-cineole (17.7%) and menthol (12.1%) as the main components, while the essential oil contained high amounts of menthol (46.8%) and menthone (25.6%). By contrast, headspace analysis of M. spicata showed a high content of limonene (37.0%) together with carvone (13.0%), β-pinene (10...
April 2016: Natural Product Communications
Scott Richmond, Caleb Brammer, Andrea Sosa
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May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
David F Salas, Chi-An W Emhoff
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May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Stephanie A Dillon, Michael Walker, Jonathan K Sinclair
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May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Maryam Tofighi Niaki, Zoleykha Atarod, Shabnam Omidvar, Mandana Zafari, Azar Aghamohammadi, Tahereh Asadi, Taiebeh Rastegar
CONTEXT: Gastrointestinal problems are common after Cesarean section. During the past three decades, there has been an increasing trend in the use of herbal plants in the treatment of various medical conditions. AIMS: This study aimed to compare the effects of cumin, peppermint with magnesium hydroxide (milk of magnesia; MOM) on gastrointestinal complications of Caesarean section. SETTINGS & DESIGN: This randomized double-blind controlled trial was conducted in the Gynecology and Obstetrics Department of Imam Hospital (affiliated to Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran) during November 2013-August 2014...
2016: Global Journal of Health Science
Patricia Briggs, Helen Hawrylack, Ruth Mooney
BACKGROUND: Postoperative nausea is a common occurrence that is very uncomfortable for patients and may result in complications including pain, strain at the surgical site, aspiration, and possible dehiscence. Antiemetics used to manage the nausea cause many adverse reactions, such as dysrhythmias and/or drowsiness resulting in an unwillingness to ambulate or perform deep-breathing exercises. LITERATURE REVIEW: Previous studies have reported a decrease in nausea following the use of peppermint oil...
July 2016: Nursing
Vendula Roblová, Miroslava Bittová, Petr Kubáň, Vlastimil Kubáň
In this work aqueous infusions from ten Mentha herbal samples (four different Mentha species and six hybrids of Mentha x piperita) and 20 different peppermint teas were screened by capillary electrophoresis with UV detection. The fingerprint separation was accomplished in a 25 mM borate background electrolyte with 10% methanol at pH 9.3. The total polyphenolic content in the extracts was determined spectrophotometrically at 765 nm by a Folin-Ciocalteu phenol assay. Total antioxidant activity was determined by scavenging of 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl radical at 515 nm...
July 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Liam M Heaney, Dorota M Ruszkiewicz, Kayleigh L Arthur, Andria Hadjithekli, Clive Aldcroft, Martin R Lindley, Cl Paul Thomas, Matthew A Turner, James C Reynolds
AIM: Breath analyses have potential to detect early signs of disease onset. Ambient ionization allows direct combination of breath gases with MS for fast, on-line analysis. Portable MS systems would facilitate field/clinic-based breath analyses. Results & methodology: Volunteers ingested peppermint oil capsules and exhaled volatile compounds were monitored over 10 h using a compact mass spectrometer. A rise and fall in exhaled menthone was observed, peaking at 60-120 min. Real-time analysis showed a gradual rise in exhaled menthone postingestion...
July 2016: Bioanalysis
Fermín Mearin, Constanza Ciriza, Miguel Mínguez, Enrique Rey, Juan José Mascort, Enrique Peña, Pedro Cañones, Javier Júdez
In this Clinical Practice Guideline we discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic approach of adult patients with constipation and abdominal complaints at the confluence of the irritable bowel syndrome spectrum and functional constipation. Both conditions are included among the functional bowel disorders, and have a significant personal, healthcare, and social impact, affecting the quality of life of the patients who suffer from them. The first one is the irritable bowel syndrome subtype, where constipation represents the predominant complaint, in association with recurrent abdominal pain, bloating, and abdominal distension...
June 2016: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Jun Wu, Rui Xu, Rixing Zhan, Gaoxing Luo, Xihua Niu, Yi Liu, Benjamin Tak-Kwong Lee, Meinrad Flury, Chun-Ho Wong, Manson Fok, Johnson Yiu-Nam Lau
BACKGROUND: Burn-induced hypertrophic scars are disfiguring and can be associated with severe and intractable pruritus. No effective treatment modalities are currently available for symptomatic control of pruritus for most patients. We assessed the effect of the Antipruritic Hydrogel (CQ-01) in the symptomatic treatment of severe and intractable pruritus associated with burn-induced hypertrophic scars in a prospective, multicenter, controlled trial. METHODS: A pilot study was conducted in healthy adult volunteers to identify the most appropriate hydrogel formulation...
August 2016: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
Hiroko-Miyuki Mori, Hideo Iwahashi
Inappropriate use of essential oils may entail risks to human health due to mutational events, carcinogenic effects, genetic damages and sensitizing effect caused by generation of reactive oxygen species. In order to detect radicals that are expected to form during their oxidation, we measured the electron spin resonance (ESR) spectra of a standard reaction mixture (I) containing 25 μM flavin mononucleotide, 0.018% several essential oils (or 0.015% geraniol), 1.9 M acetonitrile, 20 mM phosphate buffer (pH 7...
June 2016: Free Radical Research
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